At the heart of the book is my love, respect and mindfulness for the quintessential beach cottage, they have architectural and cultural value and I've watched too many disappear over the years.

The Originals shares seven beach house seen through the eyes of the intensely visual, homeowners. They are the places that have a story, a past – places that have captured the imagination. And owners that have embraced the imperfections, respected the structure, the simplicity and the quirkiness and created highly individual and to quote homeowner Sarah Blair, "unsuburban" homes. To ignore the old sometimes is to fail to acknowledge the ties that connect all of us. There is a movement to return to simplicity whether retaining and restoring an older home or building a contemporary home in a kinder way to the environment. The more virtual the world, the quicker the pace, the more we are going to want a crafted home. We are all craving the stuff of dreams. Your home is your story and it’s an ongoing story, make it last forever.

More than 200 evocative colour photographs of seven restored beach shacks, photographed by renowned interior photographers Sharyn Cairns and Felix Forest.  Art direction Andrea Healy. Stylists all the homeowners Jamie and Ingrid Kwong; Louella Boitel-Gill; Mel Hayhoe; Sarah Blair and Jeff Darling; Sarah Rothwell and Palmy by Siobhan Rothwell and Hannah Brady.